Israel Railways awarded Bombardier Transportation a EUR 147 million contract for the supply of 74 additional Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches. This is the seventh consecutive order under the framework agreement signed in 2010.
The new order consists of 11 control cars for operation with Traxx electric locomotives, also compatible with diesel locomotives, 11 intermediate coaches with dedicated space for people with reduced mobility and 52 trailer cars. Additionally, the driver’s desk in the control car will be re-designed to be identical to one in the Traxx electric locomotives.
The single-car concept enables Israel Railways to configure the loco-hauled trainsets according to the required capacity. Each of the eight-car trains currently in-service feature seating capacity for 1,000 passengers.
As a full solution provider, Bombardier Transportation operates a service depot in Haifa where 293 double-deck coaches out of ISR existing fleet are being upgraded for a speed of 160 km/h and for electric traction.
This order will increase Israel Railways’ fleet of Bombardier-built double-deck Twindexx Vario coaches to 586.